A ten-year 'skills strategy' aims to help York 'build back stronger and greener' after the pandemic.

Drawn up following consultation with local employers and stakeholders by the city's Skills and Employment Board, which was set up to help York's economy recover from the pandemic, the strategy aims to bring different organisations across the city together to work towards recovery.

It's key aim is to ensure that local people have the skills that businesses need. It also wants to maximise the use of technology and 'digitisation'.

The strategy emphasises the importance of including 'disadvantaged' people when providing skills training. And it also puts an emphasis on lifelong learning and mental health and wellbeing.

Another strand of the strategy seeks to develop skills that can contribute to York's carbon 'Net Zero' ambition.

The strategy has now been formally endorsed by Cllr Andrew Waller, City of York Council's executive member for economy and strategic planning.

“This ten year strategy, based on a partnership approach, puts all York residents, businesses and our key ambitions for the city, at the very heart of York’s skills evolution," he said. "This will ensure that we can build back stronger and greener from the covid pandemic.

"It is based on practical experience from small and large businesses, who have adapted and transformed the way they work and develop skills across the city. Our ongoing work, supported by the new strategy, will enable us to rapidly respond to the challenges our city faces and ensure we have the local skilled workforce to support sustained and better paid employment and the emerging ‘green jobs’.”

Lee Probert, chair of the City Skills and Employment Board and principal of York College, said: “This strategy signals an important commitment to working in partnership across the city to ensure that we have a first class education and skills offer, which meets the needs of individuals and employers.

“This long-term strategy provides a framework, not only to meet current and new education and skills priorities, but also to use the power of education and skills to contribute to delivering other key priorities such as net-zero and improving mental health and wellbeing in our communities."